The Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 2 February, 1911.
It was apparent that it was desired to
make a quick trip. Captain Ilbery had
placed coal on the spar deck, trusting
that a storm would not be encountered.
This referred to the maiden voyage. I find the extract hard to believe. It was highly unlikely that during a voyage from London to Sydney a storm would not be encountered. The Bay of Biscay invariably dealt out rough seas. It is insulting to accuse a master, who was never able to defend himself, of betting on the unrealistic probability that a 'storm would not be encountered'. This kind of thing makes me angry!